Taking Your Mazda Miata to the Next Level

The Mazda Miata has long been a crowd favorite with driving enthusiasts. While it's an amazing vehicle, the level of excitement can be taken to the next level with the right equipment.    Tires are a top priority and the Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec and Hankook Ventus RS-3 (Version 2) are both favorites. When we tested each last fall, the ZII Star Spec...  Read More

Is the Bridgestone Driveguard the New Gold Standard in All-Season Run-Flat Tires?

Nobody likes getting a flat tire. The inconvenience of installing a spare tire (if your vehicle comes with one) or waiting for roadside assistance to arrive can be a hassle. A flat tire can really mess up your busy schedule. One of the benefits to drivers who drive a vehicle equipped with run-flat tires is you don't have to worry about these problems. You can...  Read More

Great Winter Tire Value: Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c

If you need excellent ice and snow traction on a budget, take a look at Yokohama's iceGUARD iG52c. This tire is new to our lineup this year and provides a very attractive price-point in the popular Studless Ice & Snow performance category. Taking the popular 205/55R16 size for example, the class-leading Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 is $126. Compare this to the Y...  Read More

All-New Dunlop Direzza DZ102 vs. Direzza DZ101

John Dunlop, the inventor of the pneumatic tire, founded Dunlop back in 1889. With its one hundred plus years in the tire industry, Dunlop has the experience, expertise and technology to produce some of the best tires. Dunlop produces a full line of tires, such as affordable winter / snow tires like the Winter Maxx, and great all-season tires, such as the S...  Read More

What's the Deal with Sumitomo Tires?

The Sumitomo Group is a Japanese company that has many facets to their business. The company began in the 17th century with Masatomo Sumitomo and Riemon Soga, who developed a new method for smelting and refining copper. They began the company in the ore smelting business, and since have expanded their umbrella to include banking, insurance, chemical, rubber,...  Read More

Check Out Sumitomo for Affordable Tires

Who is Sumitomo? Headquartered in Kobe, Japan and involved extensively with the tire industry since 1909, Sumitomo has very close relationships with Dunlop and Goodyear. Sumitomo has produced tires in cooperation with Dunlop and Goodyear for many years. In fact, so much engineering, technology and manufacturing is shared between them that I sometimes...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich Radial T/A Spec

I bought these three years ago along with a new set of rims. Shipping from Tirerack was great, and I loved that they came inflated, on the rims. I just slapped them on the car. They handled well, I always felt like they performed great. They are now producing a wumpwumpwump sound at medium speeds, so I'm thinking about replacing them. They still have 3/32...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Primacy MXV4

I managed to get over 50,000 miles out of these tires, and they wore very evenly. There is very little siping left once down to just above the wear bars, so wet and ice/snow traction suffers greatly once you are near the end. Dry traction remains great of course. Up to the 40,000 mile mark the tires were great in all conditions, and should be considered the...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO

I purchased these tires used from a friend who is a very reputable auto mechanic. I didn't know whether they would be very good to run in the winter as the tread was down to only about 25%. However after going through one of the worst winters here in Wisconsin. I was very surprised how well they performed. I would have preferred more tread but they pulled me...  Read More

Wheels and Tires Made in the USA!

When choosing the right tire or wheel, a very important part of the selection process for some consumers is finding out where the product is made. The following products are a few of our most popular that are exclusively made in the United States. When looking for tires for your truck, take a look at the Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac or Dick Cepek Fun Country....  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Precision Touring

Purchased four of these tires for an old 1995 Subaru Impreza L AWD daily driver. My main concerns for new tires was superior snow/ice handling, acceptable/above average wet handling, and above average dry traction with a great tread-life while keeping prices low. After I did extensive research and comparison charts I purchased the Firestone Precision Touring...  Read More

Dunlop Direzza DZ102 Replaces DZ101

Dunlop recently replaced the popular (but aging) Direzza DZ101. The new model, Direzza DZ102, retains a similar sporty look to the DZ101 while providing enhanced performance. The DZ102 keeps a similar price-point, making it a very good option for drivers seeking an affordable performance tire. Direzza DZ102 tires combine sleek styling and...  Read More

Hankook's New Ventus V12 evo2 vs Original Ventus V12 evo K110

Hankook has been producing tires since 1941 and is the seventh largest tire company in the world. While many of their tires are made in Asian countries, Hankook announced they're planning to build a plant in the United States. Amongst enthusiasts, they're known to produce some of the best value-oriented performance tires.  While the Max Performance Summer...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin LTX M/S2

Car came with Dunlop tires. I cannot believe Lexus put those tires on this car. I got rid of them at 25K. I have a 2000 LX 470 and have always been happy with the LTX M/S. These tires are even better. There is nothing bad about this tire. Bought at Tire Rack. Had dealer mount 'em. Better everything: handling, ride, traction and even gas mileage. I hunt, so...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Continental ExtremeWinterContact

We needed affordable yet excellent performing winter tires for my wifey's SUV. In Canada these tires are almost twice the price, so we drive over the boarder and have them installed by one of Tire Racks suggested garages to save serious $$$. The tires do very well in our snowy winters in Southern Ontario. The best attribute of these tires are the...  Read More

Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker...  Read More

The All-Season General AltiMAX RT43 is Number One

With its generous treadwear warranty, great ride quality and class-leading handling and traction, the General AltiMAX RT43 (T-Speed Rated) is a customer favorite for tires in the Standard Touring All-Season performance category. In a recent test, we concluded that the tire had impressive traction in both wet and dry conditions, very good handling and...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Kumho Solus KH16

I am a class winning autocrosser, and a performance car enthusiast. My judgments consider the cost and class of the tire. I am not the primary driver of this vehicle, but often carpool with my wife and take this car on long trips.I have owned three sets of this particular tire. The first are on the factory wheels that have been replaced with aftermarket...  Read More

Best Replacement Tires for the Honda Odyssey

When shopping for tires for the Honda Odyssey most customers tend to look for tires that are quiet, comfortable riding and provide good traction in snow and on ice. Because of the large open space inside the cabin of the minivan, road noise is always an issue. Choosing the right tire can really make a big difference. A few great options to consider when...  Read More

How Good Are Sumitomo Tires?

Often times, people associate Sumitomo as a generic tire. In reality, quite the opposite is true! Did you know that Sumitomo is the Japanese subsidiary of Dunlop and traces its beginnings back to 1909? In 1997, Sumitomo and Goodyear formed a joint venture in which they agreed to manufacture tires for each other as well. Sumitomo produces many different types of...  Read More